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This is me, this is you, this is America!

November 2, 2010 Comments off

Somali pirates need to be stopped!

October 18, 2010 Comments off

Voice of America News has an article about piracy hijacking and the statistical trends during the past five years. The main points are that attacks are increasing and their reach is exceeding that of traditional piracy routes we know of. In 203 hijackings either guns or knives were used and almost 800 hostages were taken. There have also been a rise in attacks within the South China Sea as well.

However Gulf of Aden attacks are down. A curious change but one that may correlate with the rise in South China Sea attacks. In other words, movement from traditional fronts of the Gulf of Aden, etc are moving to South China Sea, in  response to the setbacks by Philippines counter terrorism efforts, hammering against Abu Sayyaf “bearer of the sword”. The movements could coincide with reorganization of al shabab an al qaeda affiliate in Somalia.

Al shabab is a powerful force in Somalia that facilitates a safe haven for piracy. In 1969 a military coup led by Major General Muhammad Siad Barre initiated a socialist state that lasted until 1991. Northern clans established relatively stable rule, while the South turned into violent clashes by clans vying for power. Thousands of civilians were killed prompting the useless UN presence of which led to the tragic 1993 Battle of Mogadishu in which there was US fatalities. Transitional Federal Institutions since 2004 were in exile because of the threat of assassinations. All of this enables global Islamic terrorist organizations to supplant themselves and exorcise power as al shabab has done through Shariah law.

There is a counter insurgency grassroots movement called The Alliance of several warlords willing to attempt peace and stability. They fight back the violence of al shabab with some African Union help.

Rossi vs Murray Debate

October 14, 2010 Comments off

Here is a run-down for those who didn’t see it. Dino Rossi and Patty Murray debate October 14, 2010. I have below accumulated the debates finer points. Overall I think Rossi won, but not by much, both need a more dynamic attitude.

Opening Remarks

Dino Rossi: Need course correction, America in trouble. Very gracious.

Patty Murray: My family is hurting, I can get country back on track. We can work together.

Iraq

Dino Rossi: Gives context of pre 9/11, and defines nature of evil somewhat. Agrees with Obama on Patreus, but not on date certain for withdraw of troops. Give military what they need.

Patty Murray: I saw Pentagon. Republicans and Democrats came together. Have been in Afghanistan for to long, tell America how we are fighting. Karzai not good partner. Ummm, the question was about Iraq specifically, Murray goes into Afghanistan.

Rossi rebut: Karzai and Taliban meeting highlighted. Cautiously optimistic on it.

Murray rebut: Says Rossi supports supporting tax cuts for wealthy, says troops deserve more. How are we paying for the wars.

Jobs for Washington

Murray: Important question. Fights for investments, about campuses and health care. Went to Washington DC for investment. Says they are targeted investments.

Rossi: 17.4% unemployment in Washington. Rossi is small business. Says people won’t expand businesses because of climate government created. Murray adjourns before tax cuts were dealt with. More spending for jobs with Murray.

Murray rebut: Repeat.

Rossi rebut: Stability needed, Murray doesn’t get it. Don’t punish success with high tax rates.

Nuclear waste clean-up and federal budget

Rossi: Cuts to federal budget needed. Worked to balance budget without raising taxes, and dissected budget. End stimulus, 275 billion. Reducing federal employment to pre-Obama levels.

Murray: Talks about moral and legal obligation about Hanford waste. Part of our defense. 3,000 people employed stimulus cleaning Hanford.

Rossi rebut:  Obama to shut down Yukka mountain. Murray silent on Yukka.

Murray rebut:  Priority of Hanford, she takes it on.

Social Security

Murray: Important programs for seniors and disabled. Never privatize Social Security. Obamacare good for Medicare cause of fraud. Within the budget. No specifics just general values.

Rossi: Social Security as piggy bank by Democrats. Threat is debt that Murray helped build up. Can’t pay back. Murray raised taxes on Social Security. Murray is double-speaking. Murray cut medicare by 500 billion.

Murray rebut: Extend Bush tax cuts is bad.

Rossi rebut: Murray raised taxes on SS. Murray reduce spending on Medicare by 500 billion, will impact seniors.

Obamacare – Republicans repeal, Democrat reading bill

Rossi: 695 dollar fine if you don’t buy Obamacare, 500 billion cut to Medicare. Boeing 150 million having to pay, many jobs not created because of it. Let people be customer, won’t add to debet, etc.

Murray: Murray read it and wrote some of it. Families struggling, deserve to choose plan and doctor. Control costs increase access. Talks about stack of papers yet releases a bill that is stacks of paper… Irony much?

Rossi rebut: Sold a plan to reduce cost and increase access, businesses are paying more. Can’t keep health care, Murray voted against that specifically. Double-speak Murray.

Murray rebut: Heard talking points. Kids and seniors are cared for, so Rossi is bad.

Don’t ask don’t tell repeal

Rossi: Its working. Waiting on report and commanders, military has to say first. He will listen.

Murray: Sponsor of repeal. Talks to military vets who say they support who wants to serve in military.

College tuition

Murray: She knows how people feel. Family worked hard. Student loans, Murray voted against bank involvement. Federal government responsibility for everybody to go to college.

Rossi: Youngest of 7, raised on public teacher salary. He worked hard. Grants and student loans he supports. Make sure loans are available more generally.

Murray rebut: Will Rossi agree with Murray about banks not being involved. Money go to students.

Rossi rebut: Students need more options. Limited options because of government

Amnesty to illegals

Rossi: Big issue. Complete federal government failure. No amnesty. Control of borders, tall fence with high gate, physical barrier. Know who is here to chase American dream and worker programs.

Murray:  Comprehensive immigration reform. Talked to farmers, clear laws needed. Protect borders, south and north. Make sure kids have place to work. Pathway to citizenship, fine, learning English.

Rossi rebut: Murray approves of amnesty. Secure border.

Murray rebut: Rossi forgot he voted for amnesty form. Comprehensive immigration reform needed, farmers need security and border.

Mudslinging in advertisements what do they approve of each other

Murray: Applaud Rossi by getting into race. Rossi heart and passion. Supreme Court decision worries her.

Rossi: Murray does good work with veterans. His ad was the truth.

Partisan gap bridging

Rossi: Hallmark of what he did as State Senator. Democrats controlled, Locke was governor. Put together blanced budget that was bi-partisan. Murray working with majority, her suport of partisan bills.

Murray: Washington comes first. Bush tried to close vet hospitals, she fought for them. Obama went against vet health care, she went after him. Hanford, she takes on both Republicans and Democrats. Will work with anyone apparently.

The Golfing President

October 11, 2010 1 comment

Here he is folks. Our President of the United States in his bunker, meticulously dealing with the nations problems from the economy, to home-grown terror, to taxes. Let us hope he can increase our popularity and respect by looking very cool, in the picture of what must be a response testing phase of a land vehicle capable of killing al Qaeda quicker.

Man I would feel a lot prouder in America if it was a damn tank he was driving, and the golf clubs were rifles and the foo-foo golf shoes were steel tipped combat boots. Until then here is the breakdown of his golfing escapades.

We are in two wars right now… aren’t we? Act like it Mr. 44.

US security contractors and systemic failure

October 7, 2010 1 comment

This is why the war will never be won in any clear and concise way.

The committee reviewed roughly 125 unclassified Department of Defense security contracts between 2007 and 2009, and found that there are some 26,000 private security contractors operating in Afghanistan, the majority of whom are Afghan nationals. The review found “systemic failures” of the military oversight for contracts, including the hiring of what Levin called “many too many” security contractors who had been improperly vetted, improperly trained or were not provided weapons. ref

1. Our military is not in full command of securing its own personnel.

2. When command is achieved the security personnel are Afghan nationals, not U.S. military.

We need LESS reliance on security contractors and an overhaul of military procedure, structure and command of these contracts. As troops decrease from the wars the contracted private security firms are staying. This is going to lead to even less command and control by the military and more rampant purchasing through shady money, in which creates atmosphere easy for corruption. And continued systemic failure! The Congress of US does not care, it has given most autonomy for the war to the Executive Branch. Executive branch coordinates and ultimately leads the US military. But the military then contracts out to these private security firms. And thus command and control ultimately breaks down at that link it seems to me.

US troops and Contractors comparison in fatalities

The security contractors are sacrificing along with US military personnel within the past few years. However the security personnel numbers maintain, while official US military personnel withdraws, this does not look like a good recipe. We are just now getting, “A scathing Senate report”… What is going on?! This is what happens when weak-kneed politicians in Congress don’t fully understand the need for the military and the need to facilitate it. They would rather demean military accomplishment and merit, and sneak in pork-laden crap for home districts and agenda items within funding legislation.

The world against NK-to little to late?!

October 7, 2010 1 comment

South Korea hosts a nonproliferation drill off of the Busan coast with 15 other countries! First mistake, its to damn far SOUTH!

The two-day drill will start on Oct. 13, and participants will include the United States, Japan and Australia. The drill will focus on intercepting vessels suspected of shipping weapons of mass destruction with surface ships, submarines and fighter jets. Two South Korean 4,500-ton torpedo destroyers, two landing ships and four submarines will be joined by a 9,000-ton Aegis destroyer from the U.S., a 4,000-ton Japanese destroyer and Australia’s maritime surveillance patrol aircraft. ref

Busan, South Korea

This in response to the sailors murdered by North Korea months and months ago and the regimes what seems to be, need to sell any type of weapons to any type of government as well as developing its own nuclear capabilities. What kind of knee-capped response is this? We should of taken extreme measures and merely shown this is in national China’s interest, and pressured China to cut off trade with North Kore until it lets in nuclear inspectors, human rights groups, etc to pacify a brutal dictatorship and rescue as many people from starvation as possible. If this does not work, we carry out the pressure on China further to destabilize and topple the regime. Of course with a transfer of power from Kim Jong Il to his son Kim Jong Un it has become to late, or if we were to exorcise such actions the window is to narrow for coordination.

These war games are a timid response, and I think akin to a kid who is bullied puffing out his chest and daring another attack, even though the bully just murdered people. This is NOT how you deal justice, this is NOT how you send clear messages in regards to acts of war. You do not respond to acts of war by acting like there is no war. These war games should of been comprehensively and continuously ran since 2008 or 2009!ref

8 Germans killed in Pakistan, NW by RCA

October 6, 2010 Comments off

Very interesting. The ramifications of this are sizable I believe.ref This strike of course comes after the announcement of US travelers to be alert and vigilant in Europe.ref

German government has nothing to say in response to United States Remote Controlled Aircraft firing missiles on a mosque that was housing 8 German civilians in the Mir Ali region of North Waziristan Pakistan. Which is good and shows Angela Merkel may not care how we act upon intelligence on behalf of Germany’s interest of security. The lack of an elevated terror alert in Germany could mean she may think the threat is exaggerated, or maybe has her hands a little dirty and is quite aware of what happened in Mir Ali, Pakistan and the scope of its development for security.ref No senior Taliban or al Qaeda were killed, so it is possible the mosque was a safe house for fighters to be deployed. Mir Ali region of NW is known as a Abu Kasha al Iraqi Taliban and al Qaeda hot spot. Abu Kasha is key link between al Qaeda’s executive councils and the Taliban.ref

Perhaps next up is Abu Kasha!? It seems that this attack may be an attempt to eliminate the threat warned about to Europe prior. If this is all the immediate threat possessed and it is now sufficiently eliminated or at least reduced, it is a huge victory. A victory that was won in the public first by awareness and then executed swiftly by the RCA missiles. I like that type of war.